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Tailback Perry Jones sees benefits to being diminutive

Virginia tailback Perry Jones is listed at 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds, though those measurements might be a bit generous. Regardless, the sophomore out of Oscar Smith High in Chesapeake, Va. has established himself as one of the Cavaliers' top running backs entering the start of the 2010 season.

We'll discuss Jones at more length Thursday, but here are some brief thoughts Jones shared with reporters during a teleconference call Wednesday.

On the benefits to being a small running back: "Sometimes after practice the defensive players, they come around and they joke on me, saying, 'We couldn't even see you behind the (offensive) linemen.' They say I just burst out of nowhere, but I didn't think this was something that happened every play. I guess me being so small, and the linemen being so big, that can have its advantages at times."

On his pass-blocking abilities: "It's definitely something that I can improve on. I'm a pretty solid blocker, but a linebacker blitzing may see my size and may try to just run me over. But it's not going to happen."

During the team's media day on Aug. 4, Virginia Coach Mike London called Jones "pound for pound, probably our strongest player on the team."

Jones is listed as interchangeable with fifth-year senior Raynard Horne on the depth chart at starting tailback. He also will see time on special teams, as he and Horne are listed as the top two options at kick returner.

By Steve Yanda  |  September 1, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
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